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The Wizard of Oz 71st anniversary: Does Google hate round numbers?

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(Read caption) The Wizard of Oz got a very Google birthday present in honor of the film's 71st anniversary.

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This morning's The Wizard of Oz Google doodle shows once again that the search engine seems to hate round numbers.

The charming banner shows the gang – and Toto, too – skipping down the yellow-brick road toward the Emerald City. It's another great illustration by the website that brought you visual salutes to composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, science heavy-weight Isaac Newton, and novelist H.G. Wells.

But why did Google choose the movie's 71st birthday? Most people celebrate round-number anniversaries. Seventieth would make sense. As would 75th.

IN PICTURES: Google's Doodles

Last year, the film reemerged in a newly remastered form. This 70th-anniversary special brought the Judy Garland classic back to movie theaters for a historic showing. Now, Google is throwing its own munchkin celebration 12 months later.

These off-year commemorations seem to be the norm for Google. Vivaldi's doodle came on what would have been his 332nd birthday. Newton received his as a 367th birthday present. Wells got the doodle treatment on a 143rd birthday. What gives?

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